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Event planning and support

Looking for a great location for your event? We have the answer. 

North Ayrshire is easy to reach from Central Scotland. It's easy to get around when you get here and its dramatic location on the Clyde Estuary is second to none. From beautiful beaches to parks, open spaces and our islands of Arran and Cumbrae - the area has loads of locations to hold an event of any size or nature.

North Ayrshire Council recognises the importance of local events and the positive impact they have in communities.

Local events are largely organised by voluntary management committees. Volunteers deliver; gala days, fetes, shows, festive celebrations and parades. Events encourage participation and help develop a greater community spirit.

We provide advice and guidance on event organisation.

Planning an event?

Our Corporate Communications Team coordinates an inter agency approach to support local events and assist in their success. Event organisers considering staging an event in North Ayrshire should contact us.

Our Community Events Toolkit (PDF, 301kb) provides guidance for completing a Community Event Application, along with advice on organising events.

Complete and return an Event Application Form, attaching a site plan and other relevant information:

Event licensing

You may need a licence for your event, for example:

  • Street Trader's Licence
  • Public Entertainment Licence

or submit a notice of your intention to hold a Public Procession. More information and how to apply is available in our Licensing pages.

Event funding

North Ayrshire Council administers a Community Grants Scheme for voluntary groups.

Local events

Local events are listed on the Community Planning Partnership website.

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Contact Corporate Communications



01294 324137


Corporate Communications, North Ayrshire Council, Cunninghame House, Irvine, KA12 8EE